Africa: Nigeria
South African Police attend a protest outside Parliament in Cape Town.  By Schalk van Zuydam (pool/AFP)

Nigeria Urges Au To Intervene Over 'safrica Killings'

Monday, February 20, 2017 Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were xenophobic attacks on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa. The presidency said there was a need for the continental body to intervene urgently, claiming that in the last two years about 1 ...
At least 35 people were killed in a building collapse in upmarket Lekki.  By PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (AFP/File)

Manslaughter charge for boss of Lagos building collapse firm

Monday, February 20, 2017 Lagos (AFP) - The head of a real estate firm in Nigeria's biggest city has been charged with manslaughter after at least 35 people were killed in a building collapse, the authorities said on Monday. The Lagos state government said it had filed criminal charges against the managing director of Lek ...

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.  By Dan Kitwood (POOL/AFP/File)

Absent Nigerian president Buhari 'healthy', says Senate leader

Thursday, February 16, 2017 Abuja (AFP) - The leader of Nigeria's Senate on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari was well after visiting him in London, trying to dispel rumours about the state of his health. Bukola Saraki on Wednesday travelled to the British capital with the majority leader in the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, ...
Attacks on pipelines by several militant groups have slashed Nigeria's oil production helping to tip the country into recession.  By Stefan Heunis (AFP/File)

Oil attacks in 2016 cost Nigeria up to $100 bn: minister

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Lagos (AFP) - Militant attacks on key oil facilities last year reduced Nigeria's output by one million barrels per day, resulting in a revenue loss of up to $100 billion (94 billion euros), according to the government. At the highest point of this last year, we were producing 1.2 million barrels ...
A protest in Lagos this month against economic hardship following the collapse in global oil prices.  By PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (AFP)

Ex-boss of Nigerian oil firm in $10mn cash probe

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Lagos (AFP) - A former head of Nigeria's state-run oil company is under investigation after almost $10 million in cash was found at a property he owns. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), an anti-corruption agency, said it had seized $9.8 million (9.2 million euros) from a house ...
#StopTheSoot has become a hashtag on Twitter.  By PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (AFP)

'Strange black soot' blankets Nigeria's oil hub

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Port Harcourt (Nigeria) (AFP) - The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as The Garden City because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces. But since late last year, black soot has been falling from the sky, scaring and angering residents of the oil hub who claim nothing is ...
A protest in Lagos this month against economic hardship following the collapse in global oil prices.  By PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (AFP)

Former boss of Nigerian oil firm in $10m cash probe

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Lagos (AFP) - A former head of Nigeria's state-run oil firm is under investigation after almost $10 million in cash was found at a property he owns. Anti-corruption agency the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had seized $9.8 million (9.2 million euros) from a house belongin ...
Nigeria has claimed repeatedly that Boko Haram, which is allied to the Islamic State group, is in disarray and nearly defeated.  By Quentin Leboucher (AFP/File)

Boko Haram ambushes, kills troops in NE Nigeria

Friday, February 10, 2017 Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Nigeria's military on Friday said seven of its soldiers were killed and 19 others injured in a Boko Haram ambush, in the latest incident against troops and the security services in the country's northeast. Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel, a spokesman for the Nigerian Arm ...
Nigeria has claimed repeatedly that Boko Haram, which is allied to the Islamic State group, is in disarray and nearly defeated.  By Quentin Leboucher (AFP/File)

Boko Haram ambush 'kills eight soldiers' in NE Nigeria

Friday, February 10, 2017 Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - At least eight Nigerian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on Friday, sources said, highlighting the Islamist group's capacity to strike despite government claims it is seriously weakened. Troops heading to the town of Dikwa came under attack at about 9:00 am (0800 ...
Abuja airport.  By Jonathan JACOBSEN, Kun TIAN (AFP)

Major airlines reject re-routes during Nigeria airport closure

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Abuja (AFP) - International airlines are refusing to fly to an alternative hub when the only airport serving Nigeria's capital shuts down, forcing travellers to make lengthy detours at extra cost. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja closes completely for runway repairs on March 8. Domes ...
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's health is a national talking-point.  By Dan Kitwood (POOL/AFP/File)

Nigerians push for clarity on absentee president's health

Monday, February 6, 2017 Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is apparently unwell. Or he might not be. Either way, it's enough for his health to have increasingly become a national talking point. The 74-year-old former army general had been due to resume work on Monday morning in the capital, Abuja, after ...
Nigerian protesters say 'enough is enough' over the country's economic crisis.  By PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (AFP)

Nigerians take to streets to protest economic policy

Monday, February 6, 2017 Lagos (AFP) - Hundreds of Nigerians took to the streets in Lagos on Monday to protest against the government's handling of the country's economic crisis and demand solutions to a crippling recession. Some 500 people gathered from early morning at the National Stadium in the commercial capital, ho ...
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been dogged by speculation about his health.  By Dan Kitwood (POOL/AFP/File)

Nigeria's Buhari extends UK stay for health reasons

Sunday, February 5, 2017 Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is to prolong his stay in London pending the result of health tests, his spokesman said on Sunday in a statement which will do little to quash rumours he is unwell. Femi Adesina said Buhari had written to the National Assembly on Sunday informin ...
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